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it has been really awesome for us. thank you very much. [applause] >> i also want to amplify to the lenders and tmc development, barber is the one that the sba loan went through for expansion several times now. this is a country that tmc and lending partners have been a big partner of. another big partner is wells fargo. it is the largest sba lender in the country for several years running. [applause] >> we are really excited to be with all of you tonight to celebrate small business week
and especially the winners tonight. we are committed to small businesses. we love small business and big business. thank you for the acknowledgement. in the first six months of the fiscal year, wells fargo has been the no. 1 sba small lender in california and the country. we are excited about that. i want to tell you about a local after we have going on in san francisco. that is our small business neighborhood renovation program. we work with local organizations. we funded the renovation of three local businesses who applied for assistance at no cost to them. i want to recognize those businesses here tonight. the renovations are complete. the business owners are here. they are from ja and k grocery and others.
if you could stand, congratulations. [applause] we had an independent panel. we had a lot of fun. we judged the makeovers to select a winner for the most dramatic improvement to the renovations of the business. the award for the winning business, they will be featured on of the wells fargo atm's for the next 30 days. this business will be highlighted there. the top 2012 small business renovation award goes to g and k grocery. [applause] congratulations. we have certificates for all of you.
this is a very happy place to me. very happy. thank you very much. [applause] >> congratulations. now it is my great pleasure to introduce our next speaker. he is at the forefront of small business in san francisco meeting overall economic development and job creation. earlier this year, he announced $1.5 million will san francisco small business revolving loan fund. it is a phone fu --nd -- it is a fund supported by low interest loans. please join me in welcoming mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you very much. let me join in the chorus of congratulations to all of the award winners tonight and thank recology for hosting us, joining
the chamber, and small business leaders tonight. as elizabeth and mark pointed out, they knew our san francisco businesses had started celebrating early. one of the reasons is because san francisco small businesses can smell a party two weeks and dance. -- in a defense -- they can smelly party two weeks in advance. [laughter] they are fun to work with. during our most economically challenging times, it was small businesses that kept coming back. they were so resilience. as i stepped up to take on this responsibility as mayor, it clearly was on my wind -- mind to find some way to register our
appreciation. small business by its name, sometimes you are thinking these are people and businesses isolated by themselves. but you are a big topic at city hall these days. you are big because we are getting more people to understand how it is that our small businesses are 50% of all the employees that are hired in our city. 50 2% of the revenue generated in our city. 52% of the revenue generated in our cities from small businesses. when you look at challenges, when you look at mid-market, then you start feeling investment confidence when small-business is started locating theire, and their willingness to collaborate with the arts organizations and start to bring relief into the
very hard core area of our city. it was not just the big companies. they are getting a lot of credit for that. who was there to start the revival? it was our small businesses. that is why as soon as i stepped forward and got elected, i looked back at who could recognize readily. it has got to be our small business community. regina and steve said we could use help. the revolving loan fund was used up. instantly would put the money in there. we that the board of supervisors to revive it. we have $1 million committed today along with wells fargo $500,000. it is there and will be used fast. in the next budget for the next team of years, we have already got plans for the whole $5 million. as long as it is there, people
will use it. we know small businesses are reviving our economy and creating the level of investor confidence we want to see. not just in mid-market. all neighborhood corridors will get the benefit. that is why we signaled these revolving loans to reach out to the neighborhoods in the city, to invest in the neighborhoods. they are going to help revive. i tell people i am sick and tired of seeing empty storefronts in different parts of the city. we assure you we will work with institutions like wells fargo and others to get the money out as they have done. let me give a shout out again to wells. not only have they loaned small businesses and have been a great supporter in working with the city, but when the vandalism occurred on mission street, a
step forward quickly to help small businesses immediately recover. they should be thanked as a city for helping out with that. [applause] you have all of our small businesses have been so wonderful to us. you have allowed us to be more creative in the city. not only will we push investment in neighborhoods and the revolving loan fund, we're also pushing local manufacturing. mark said it best. we are on a big revival of local manufacturing. it begins at home. i will tell you this. i have a lot of international friends that come from all over the world, a special from china, japan, the philippines, and career.
if they see things made in san francisco by small businesses, they will buy that up. there are international markets for sf-made products. our state has yet to recognize that. that is why they have not invested in opening up an international office. i keep nudging jerry to pay attention to this. we are already creating international presence with our locally made and designed products. there is a huge outpouring of appreciation from the market to see this. i have great interest in supporting businesses. i will be investing in their success. if they're successful, our city is going to be successful. if they are successful, the lawyers are coming. [laughter]
other sports and other entities will come. they will want to partake in the spirit of success that has always been the spirit in our small business sector. it is my pleasure t oadd to the awards ceremony by announcing my small business week honoree. this year if it goes to sunset. come on up jim. [applause] this is probably a little different than you would expect. sunset shapers is not manufacturing the biggest technology machine. they make surf boards and shape them. now in addition to the success of selling those, they also sell a lot of fashion accessories and jewelry because
it is a lifestyle. as soon as i learned how to use my ipad, then i will learn how to use a surf board. i have got my priorities straight. [laughter] they have evidenced this innovative, creative spirit. whatever you do, there is a market if you do it well. if you make fine handcrafted quality in san francisco, they will sell well. jim has been successful at it. he has brought back the entrepreneurial spirit of creating things in your own neighborhood and being a successful business. on behalf of the city and to all of your creative efforts, please keep on making things in san francisco. congratulations. [applause] >> i want to say thank-you to mayor lee for the honor.
it is an honor to be recognized for manufacturing in a city that is known for technology. also, i want to thank you for creating the environment for letting small-business drive -- thrive. the loans available, the support you have offered me, i could not have done it without it. i want to say thank you again and to everybody, thank you for coming. it is quite an honor. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor. i want to thank you because during your inaugural address you talk about small businesses and said jobs, jobs, jobs. i remember that. six months later, we're doing
that. thank you for your follow-up on that. [applause] you are creating a buzz in the city. it is great. for the eighth year, our volunteer committee has the goal of honoring, educating, connecting, and inspiring thousands of small-business owners throughout the city and the impact that they have. we would like to thank our sponsors. sba, sf chamber of commerce, office of small business, council of district merchants, and the golden gate business association. >> every person in this room is building small business. you are helping small businesses through -- to thrive. remember to shop san francisco, shot small business. -- shop small business.
everybody wanted paychecks. it is a great occasion and historic when it is the first time the city is passing the two-year budget with all of the disciplinary things and others that watch our fiscal responsibility along with the board of supervisors, a great day to celebrate. i want to recognize and think, beginning with the board president david chiu, thank you for working very closely with us. for carmen, who was assigned by board president to lead the effort again this year on the budget. and for the other members of the board of supervisors that have engaged directly with us.
supervisors avalos, kim, elsbernd, cohen. and the department heads that worked very hard with us. i see of they cisneros, who the police chief and our fire chief. barbara garcia and trent have worked extremely closely with us because of the tremendous pressure that we feel at the state level and the national of bochum, trying to get a really good conversation about how we can make sure that the community based organizations that provide invaluable service to us are taken care of and working in collaboration with us. hall of the a jar work that she does with all of us. i want to thank her for her tremendous leadership.
again, i can say about about my good friend, someone who i got the chance to work with for many years. you have taken up so many complicated challenges this year, we're going to keep you busy. thank you for your wonderful team. our new city administrator that is no longer new, your diving in there at every opportunity and helping all of the city department get ahead. thank you for your leadership there, our libraries continue to be great examples of our commitment to the public on how to use our bond worth. thank you very much. the key to the rec and park department. it will be the less complicated and very united effort, the bond
we're going to push forward. with realignment come and gone, the commitment we have made to the state into our own communities to keep them safe, i just came back from the sheriff's department and the new jails, visiting all the programs out there. we have a lot of work to do, but we have great faith in your leadership. thank you for leading the realignment efforts and making sure we do the right things. working with a juvenile justice. thank you for your great leadership working with richard and the former superintendent for keeping me focused on the education of the future of our city. your great work on our youth and the families, again, thank you so much for that. to emily, her work on the status
of women, thank you for keeping us focused on the most important issues. our board of permit appeals this year, the small business commission, who m i forgetting? i remember the fire chief. i also want to give a very special shot out to someone on my staff that has spent not only hours, but i think her demeanor and calmness has brought us through another successful collaborative effort. kay howard and the wonderful budget staff. if i can also do something that probably isn't mentioned a lot, i mention the work that we are doing directly with each of the members of the supervisors, but
i think they would likely -- like me to mention that their aides are working very hard. how to think they aides of the supervisors. when they come in and they are meeting with jason and steve and we are exchanging life lessons about each other about what is important that what is not important, how we appreciate the good work you are all doing with our supervisors, and we value the communication because sometimes you are the link homer critical votes and critical exchanges of viewpoints. i want to thank you for being here and keeping our purse strings there. thank you for collecting those taxes and making sure we got a healthy collection there. all of our elected officials, i hope i haven't missed anyone. we're working as a family.
as you know, it is not a surprise to you that i work very hard with steve and my staff to try to build consensus with the board of supervisors, trying to create a ton of collaboration, especially on something as important and impacting as our budget. now we have a balanced the budget, a responsible budget that will cost our police and fire departments have to win so many of the rank is retiring. and keep our cities save. that is irresponsible budget. we have a budget that extends itself to the richness of our communities by investing in small businesses, in community- based organizations that help us critically to deliver health and community social services to those in need.
it is also a budget that is responsible because it places monies that we need because we don't control the rest of the world, how we have to be prepared and we listened over the years to the ratings agencies to the various fiscally responsible entities including the comptroller's office. we must put away things in case things beyond our control happen and we have done that. we have done that in unity with the board of supervisors. i want to give a shot out to all of us that work collectively to make our budget responsible. it is the largest budget, but it is two years that builds on our success and reserves for dangers we have no control over. it also invests in seriously in our neighborhoods, small
business corridors, that lifts up and gives hope to all of the voices that have registered themselves and we have cut ourselves very open to the voices coming out from our neighborhoods. i of the small-business applicants and the merchant residence, and no longer are they screaming. we want them to engage, and i think when we respond appropriately to their needs ha, ha that is how the city should work. the voices of our communities come forward, we listen, contemplate, and we make decisions. which challenge each other. i will say to the supervisors have those of you that were past midnight had sought each other,
while the stories is that some of what people war was like the job was when we were trying to close the deal. i appreciate the special powers that were taken care of the close this deal. while we may not agree with every single thing and the priorities that have been made, there is a tremendous amount of agreement, and it is worth it to move this forward with everybody's participation. i want to thank the board of supervisors for their collaboration and for the excellent work that was left in this budget. if i may invite the board president to come to the podium to say a few words. >> i want to take a moment and
thank each and everyone of you for being part of the village of san francisco that has helped to balance this historic budget. i think this year we have had a fundamentally different budget on a couple of different dimensions. first of all, as my colleagues know, we have had a number of years where we have had to balance massive deficits. because of the work we have done together and the work in the private sector, the task of this year was not as difficult. i also want to take a moment talk about the two-year budget and reminisce about the fact that in 2005 when the city comptroller has brought to us the idea of a two-year budgeting, five-year financial forecasting, we knew the theory of what it would take who both
have fiscal discipline and to allow us to spend on the priorities we would all share. it is because of the work we did together in part that led us to the easier place we are in. i am very proud of the fact that this budget reflects our shared priorities. every single one of you is a leader in this city in some area, setting out for our parks, public safety, fixing roads, taking care of kids, seniors, immigrants, small businesses. we have come together in a wonderful way i want to echo the mayor and the thanks to all of you, to all of the city departments, to the budget office have their leadership. all of the community stakeholders' coming together. my colleagues at the border, and one person without whom this would not have happened. how to take a moment into
trouble with one saying about the dress of the board of supervisors. i believe all the men were still in business suits. our board of supervisors were not dressed in pajamas, but there was one change of attire from our budget chair that slipped out of her high heels and were flat at 5:00 in the morning. i want to thank sister carmen chu for her leadership and for dealing with us, helping to balance the incredibly diverse needs in the wonderfully diversity that we live in. i know you probably age of the last couple years. but you don't look as if you did. without further ado, i want to thank the budget chair. thank you for all your work.